Sandgren vs. Wawrinka
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 17, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
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Stan Wawrinka and Tennys Sandgren meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.
Stan Wawrinka is coming off a four sets win over Ricardas Berankis that took 40 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 72 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka cruised in his first two sets, but he then started to fall apart and was extremely close to having to play five sets. Letting up and unforced errors are always the concern with Wawrinka, and I’m sure a near three hour match doesn’t help someone who had injury concerns coming into the tournament. Wawrinka is always a tough player to figure out, especially early. Wawrinka hasn’t lost before the third round of the Australian Open since 2008. Wawrinka has won eight of his last 10 matches on hard court.
Tennys Sandgren is coming off a straight sets win over Jeremy Chardy that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Sandgren won 81 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Sandgren is coming off the biggest win of his career, as he beat a top-100 player and is now i the second round of a grand slam for the first time. Sandgren is a 26-year-old American from Tennessee who has very little ATP experience, but he did make several challenger final appearances last season. Sandgren has a chance to make the third round of a grand slam for the first time. Sandgren has split his last eight matches on hard court.
This will be the first match on the tennis court.
Sandgren has a shot to make things interesting if he can serve the way he did against Chardy, but experience matters in grand slam play, and he has none. Wawrinka is always a threat to lose in early rounds, but he improves his play the deeper he gets into the competition. Add that to the fact he hasn’t lost in the second round of the AO in forever, and you have to like the Swiss to get the job done.
Wawrinka should win this match in straight sets. Should.